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THE DOWNLINE by N. Kelsey

October 18, 2021

STYLISH, SHARP MYSTERY set in the world of multi-level marketing offers a relatable amateur sleuth and a clever critique of the deceptive lures of “direct sales” organizations. B PLUS

THE DOWNLINE
Independently published
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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FUZZ by Mary Roach

October 16, 2021

WHEN HUMANS AND NATURE CLASH: Mary Roach’s latest is an entertaining look at wildlife law enforcement, from leopard hunting in the Himalayas to bear patrols in Aspen, Colorado. B PLUS

FUZZ
W. W. Norton & Company
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE by Lena Nguyen

October 14, 2021

A SPACESHIP’S PSYCHOLOGIST DISCOVERS mysterious dreams among its human crew, and disturbing changes to its android staff as well. Taut science-fiction thriller set on an enigmatic ice planet captures the imagination. B PLUS

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE
DAW
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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ARRIVAL (THE KYRON INVASION BOOK 1) by Jasper T. Scott

October 11, 2021

A NEAR-FUTURE ALIEN INVASION threatens all of humanity. Tense thriller mixes science fiction and prepper apocalypse for a high-energy page turner. B PLUS

ARRIVAL (THE KYRON INVASION BOOK 1)
Anthem Press
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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WAYWARD by Dana Spiotta

October 9, 2021

A WOMAN NAVIGATES MIDLIFE, menopause, political alienation, her mother’s aging and her daughter’s growing up. Cleverly observed comedy of manners takes on white liberal culture and its discontents. B PLUS

WAYWARD
Knopf
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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MIRRORLAND by Carole Johnstone

October 7, 2021

DAZZLING SCOTTISH THRILLER with a touch of the classic Gothic shines most in its characterization and psychological suspense. B PLUS

MIRRORLAND
Scribner
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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LONG WAY OFF by Vanessa Grace Feld

October 4, 2021

A CANDID, INTIMATE MEMOIR of a woman’s struggles with addiction and mental illness, written with utter frankness and without pretension. From Wharton Business School to survival sex work, the author tells it like it is. SOLID B

LONG WAY OFF
BookBaby
2021

Grade: SOLID B

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MONA by Pola Oloixarac

October 2, 2021

CYNICAL, SEXY, SATIRICAL novel set at an international writers’ festival skewers the pretensions of the literary community, but asks bigger questions about meaning and connection as well. B PLUS

MONA
Straus and Giroux
2021

Grade: B PLUS

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